Decision Support Tools within the Electronic Health Record

Joseph W. Rudolf, Anand S. Dighe

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Laboratory tests are an integral part of the electronic health record (EHR). Providing clinical decision support (CDS) for the ordering, collection, reporting, viewing, and interpretation of laboratory testing is a fundamental function of the EHR. The implementation of a sustainable, effective laboratory CDS program requires a commitment to standardization and harmonization of the laboratory dictionaries that are the foundation of laboratory-based CDS. In this review, the authors provide an overview of the tools available within the EHR to improve decision making throughout the entire laboratory testing process, from test order to clinical action.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)197-213
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Laboratory Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019


  • Clinical decision support (CDS)
  • Computerized provider order entry (CPOE)
  • Decision support alerts
  • Electronic health record (EHR)
  • Order sets/order panels

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Review


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